June 4, 2014 by synapticwolf
“Hack learning and you’ll know how to hack everything else.”
This piece by Nick Garcia for Fire Arts Magazine talks about the neurological benefits of flow. It also helps me to to justify many of my life choices.
To add a psycho/spiritual dimension to his Nick’s “Learning is good for the brain” thesis, I want to point out that there’s a lot to be gained by the humbling nature of learning. Whether I keep dropping the plates I’m trying to spin or I’m struggling to understand the fast-flow Hindi pouring effortlessly out of a four year-old’s mouth, I am reminded of the utter immensity of the world. If I want to spin plates or speak Hindi, I have no choice but to put aside my ego for however long it takes me to learn that tiny nugget of skill.
And then, when I finally get that plate spinning and start trying to balance it on my forehead, when I decipher what the Indian kid is trying to tell me and begin to formulate a reply, *BAM* all of a sudden, I’m playing with the universe. Or, more precisely, playing with the universe as it is being filtered through my brain.